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Buffalo bishop returns priest to ministry who was caught twice with gay porn

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BUFFALO, New York, March 25, 2019, LifeSiteNews — Despite being under fire for multiple alleged coverups of clergy sex abuse, the Diocese of Buffalo has returned a priest with penchant for male pornography to service.   

Bishop Richard J. Malone reinstated Fr. Robert A. Stolinski, saying “allegations of child sexual abuse” against the priest “have not been substantiated.”

While the Bishop’s statement noted that the decision is based on recent reports of  investigators as well as the advice and recommendations of the independent Diocesan Review Board, the fact remains that Stolinski has a long, troubling history of indulging in male pornography, including pornography depicting “sexual acts between men and male teenagers.”

A confidential 2012 report to Bishop Malone obtained and published by Buffalo’s 7 Eyewitness News I-Team described two separate incidents where pornography was discovered in rectories where Fr. Stolinski resided:

Father Robert Stolinski was a resident at the parish where Father Joseph Bisonette was killed several years ago. When the police investigated, they found a great deal of pornography (male homosexual pornography not involving children). Father Stolinski was counseled. A short time later, there was come financial improprieties and he was found to have been binge shopping. He was then sent to Southdowns for analysis and counseling.

The report continued:

In 2009, Bishop Edward Grosz received complaints from parish personnel that they had found pornography in Father Stolinski’s room at St. James Parish in Jamestown. The pornography involved sexual acts between men and male teenagers, but not child pornography.  

In both cases, Stolinski was sent to Southdown, a treatment center in Canada that counsels priests plagued by depression, addictions, and sexual disorders.  

After the second episode, the Jamestown parish was informed that Stolinski was “retiring for health reasons.”

Until Stolinski was placed on leave last June amid the most recent allegations of sexual abuse, he assisted at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Niagara Falls.

“Bishop Malone, how dare you”

The Twittersphere erupted in response to Bishop Malone reinstating Fr. Stolinski.

“Fr. Stolinski found at least twice with large stash of male gay porn,” tweeted Church Militant/St. Michael’s Media, “but it didn't involve kids, so Bishop Malone put him back in active ministry.”

“Bishop Malone, how dare you put Fr. Stolinski back into active ministry after gay porn is found,” asked Ruben Trevizo in a Tweet. “We go to priests for spiritual direction, and find out they have more problems than us.”

“BLIND GUIDES!” added Trevizo.  

“‘....male teenagers’  Last I checked, unless they are 18 or 19, teenagers are CHILDREN!” declared EnoughsEnough. “At every corner Church leadership strives to minimize criminal activity  and defend criminals.”

“Malone is CLEARLY incapable,” observed another Twitter user. “A priest with teen porn is ok because it’s not technically child porn? The continuing placement of sexual predators is not ok anymore right?”

Learn more about Bishop Malone’s views and past actions by visiting FaithfulShepherds.com. Click here.

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